Supporting recovery of endangered marmots on Vancouver Island

Project Year: 2019-2020

Project Lead

Marmot Recovery Foundation

Watershed/Sub-region

Coastal Region

Project Type

Habitat-Based Actions

FWCP Contribution

$11,000

Action Plan Alignment

Upland & Dryland

Project ID

COA-F20-W-3037

Update: Two marmots released June 24, 2019

The Marmot Recovery Foundation released two pups on Mount Washington near Campbell River on Monday, June 24. The wild population for the at-risk Vancouver Island Marmots is estimated at 150 to 200. The FWCP has been funding marmot recovery since 2008. What a team effort!

Translocating Vancouver Island marmots to Strathcona Park, 2019

This project will support the Marmot Recovery Foundation to translocate between five and 10 endangered Vancouver Island Marmots to colonies in Strathcona Provincial Park. These marmots will support previously re-established colonies, helping those colonies persist, while future recovery efforts are prepared. The Strathcona colonies will require support until the population grows significantly. The marmot is an endemic, endangered species that was extirpated from Strathcona Provincial Park in the 1990s. Reintroduction efforts have successfully established a number of colonies and a small population of marmots in the park.